Buzz Stops

Wilderhood Watch has been collaborating with the St Albans Green Party, Hertfordshire County Council and St Albans County Council to turn our neighbourhood bus stops into wildlife havens.

This collaboration has led to the inclusion of 14 sites on the St Albans Summer Meadow mowing programme, and one on the tall herb mowing schedule. This means that Council contractors mow once in October, plus once at the end of Winter (if needed), and just around the edges at other times, allowing wild flowers to bloom, grasses to grow and insects to flourish.

Our latest Buzz Stops on Beech, Valley, Harpenden and Charmouth roads, as well as Langley Crescent and Sheppards Close, will be left unmown over the summer to enable them to be surveyed in June and September 2024 by Margaret Harris, a botanist with the HMWT. Once we have the results of the survey, we’ll choose seeds and bulbs to plant in the Autumn for a beautiful show of colour in 2025.

In collaboration with local churches, there are now also Buzz Stops at St Saviour’s, St Peter’s and Greenwood UR Church.

Buzz Stops so far:

Due to the popularity of sites such as these, Wilder St Albans created the Wilder Spaces scheme in 2021. This initiative invited citizens of St Albans to nominate communal green spaces to be left unmown, which led to an explosion of native wild flowers and long grasses around the district.

Residents have planted wildflower meadows in their gardens and at Buzz Stops as part of our Pollinator Highway project! We have already been seeing beautiful flowers popping up during May and June, and can’t wait to plant more all over St Albans next season.

Buzz Stops: successfully installed in Utrecht, Holland

On the Verge: community wildflower meadow planting in Stirlingshire, UK

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